Valentina Efrati Francesca Masini

CoP-It. Towards the creation of an online database of Italian word combinations

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Whereas lexical combinatorics has been widely investigated in a number of languages (fi rst and foremost English) from both a lexicological and a lexicographic viewpoint, the Italian language is still lagging behind in this respect. The paper illustrates the objectives, characteristics and state of the art of the CoP-It project, which aims at creating an online resource endowed with: a) a database of Italian word combinations (intended as a complex set of expressions characterized by different degrees of fixity and familiarity) extracted from corpora; b) and an interface for simple and advanced searches with a dedicated query language.


  • database
  • Italian
  • multiword expressions
  • phrasal lexemes
  • word combinations


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